Definition of pyroxenite in English:


Line breaks: pyr|ox¦en¦ite
Pronunciation: /pʌɪˈrɒksɪnʌɪt


[mass noun] Geology
A dark, greenish, granular intrusive igneous rock consisting chiefly of pyroxenes and olivine.
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  • In similar contrast to the Okenyenya xenolith suite, lithologies such as wehrlite, eclogite and pyroxenite are also absent.
  • Subsequent melting of mica pyroxenite may produce potassic magmas as a result of orogenic or extensional, thermal or bark triggers.
  • The first group (133 million years old) consists mostly of melagabbro, perkinite and pyroxenite.


mid 19th century: from pyroxene + -ite1.

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